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Uber Suffered A Major Data Breach, And Hid It For A Year

This is totally unacceptable

Uber is no stranger to scandals and controversy, but the company has managed to outdo itself this time. In an interview to Bloomberg, current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed that the company hid an extortion-oriented cyber attack, exposing personal information for roughly 57 million customers and drivers in October 2016, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Uber’s previous CEO Travis Kalanick then paid hackers $100,000 to delete the information and keep the breach quiet.

The breach revealed personal information of 57 million Uber users around the world, including names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers.

Uber has subsequently fired chief security officer Joe Sullivan and one of his deputies, senior lawyer Craig Clark, for playing key roles in covering up the breach.

Khosrowshahi has not defended nor made excuses for what happened, and only underscores the uphill battle he faces in Uber’s toxic corporate environment that’s seen the company embroiled in one scandal after another.

Due to the incident, Khosrowshahi hired Matt Olsen, a co-founder of a cybersecurity consulting firm and former general counsel of the National Security Agency, to conduct an independent investigation of the security breach.

Source: The New York Times

 

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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